Programme: Coastal Marine Expedition Thai Mueang Your presence as a volunteer will help to protect some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and coral reef systems. By adopting a holistic conservation approach we are educating the community on local environmental issues and dealing with the social and economic pressures that are leading to the destruction of reefs, and fish, coral and turtle populations. We also aim to encourage an end to unsustainable food systems and development.
This programme runs for 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20 and 24 weeks. Contact us to find out the 2017 dates and start planning your adventure!
Room & Board (any housing, food, and transportation included). Facilities will be more basic than you are accustomed to – please travel with an open mind and a willingness to adapt to local conditions. Accommodation is in shared (mixed sex) rooms with shared bathroom facilities at the base camp. There is running cold water available for showers and cooking.Drinking water will be provided. Either flush or bucket flush toilet facilities are available, and participants share base duties, including cleaning and other chores. Accommodation upgrade provided upon request at an additional cost.
Does the project require any special preparation? Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel.
Overview of the tasks and time commitment needed from the participant. Work done depends on the seasons/weather but could consist of conducting biodiversity and butterfly surveys for our partners in Thai Mueang NP & on Kho Koh Khao Island, conducting species identification, assisting staff at a turtle centre, leading environmental education classes at local schools, English lessons with research and National Park staff, beach clean ups etc.
What specific skills, education, or experience must the participant have? What skills, education, or experience are desirable? Volunteers need not have any specific skills just an enthusiasm and passion for contributing to the project and the local partner objectives. Reasonable fitness is required. Physical activity involved in project work can be made harder by heat & humidity.
Health and safety (site specific health and safety information). A change of environment, climate, food and lifestyle often results in minor, and occasionally more serious, illness. Please inform staff if you feel unwell at any time. The nearest emergency medical facilities are located in Phuket and Takuapa. At the base camp and work locations we adhere to a strict code of health and safety. All staff are first aid certified and anyone staying on base receives a health and safety briefing upon arrival.
Inclusions/things to do (trips or extra features). Before and after your program you could visit the remnants of a 160-million-year old rainforest at Khao Sok National Park, home to the world’s largest flower, elephants, leopards, serow, banteng, guar, tigers, Malayan Sun bears and over 180 bird species. Alternatively you could kayak through estuaries cutting through 200 meter foliaged limestone cliffs, mangrove channels and tidal lagoons while keeping your eyes open for local wildlife. Or experience island life on one of the many Andaman islands in the region known for their dazzling marine life as well as their stunning terrestrial beauty – the possibilities are endless!
Orientation and Training (supervision and preparation the participant will receive). Staff in the field will provide training on the skills required, but you may benefit from learning more about local history, culture and customs before you travel.
Costs (detailed list of what’s included/not included and per diem estimate). What's Included
Pre-departure support and discounted services
24-hour emergency phone
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
Long term experienced staff
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
24-hour in-country support
Alumni discount - 20% off if booking at the same hub within 3 months, 15% off if booking at a different hub within 3 months and 10% off thereafter
What's Not Included
Medical and travel insurance
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
Snorkeling equipment (mask, fins & snorkel) for those volunteering Nov-May
Additional Information For your program you will need a tourist visa, for most nationalities this does need to be arranged in advance. The duration offered depends upon your nationality so please check to ensure you comply with immigration and airlines requirements regarding visas and entry prerequisites to the country such as proof of a return flight within a maximum number of days.